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Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by David Hartzog, Dec 15, 2002.

  1. David Hartzog

    David Hartzog Banned
    Posts: 532

    My wife is going to set herself up as an employee for the next tax year so that she can accumulate Social Security points and be considered a professional. She works from the home and keeps the kids and I already give her $1500 a month. She handles payroll, schedualling, bids, dispatch, personel files, customer files and relations, billing and budgeting. If it has anything to do with a piece of paper, she handles it! And, if I need back up with an employee that won't listen to me, she's got my back.

    She gets pretty ticked when she's referred to as a housewife, and people say she just sits around and sticks her nose where it dosn;t belong. I get upset too, cause I know niether one of us have the energy to deal with that kind of stupidity, especially cause I want to support my family and keep my kids from having to go to day care. So far, we've done good for 2 1/2 years and we've grown the company so that she can work from home.

    Here's where my question comes in. She thinks having an official title will help her gain some respect with the employees and the public. She's a real modern woman, and educated, and thinks this will help her self-esteem too. But, what exactly do we call her. She's not a secretary. Bookkeeper seems a little narrow. She's more Office Manager, or she like's CEO. I'm listed as sole-propritor, so she's not co-owner. What do you think?
  2. strickdad

    strickdad LawnSite Senior Member
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  3. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,969

    CEO = chief executive officer, in a corporation.

    She sounds like the office manager.

    Maybe just get her a few T-shirts that say, front and back: "THE BOSS"?
  4. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,154

    My wife don't even work for me Yet, hopefully next year, but she's called the BOSS right now. LOL :D
  5. bubble boy

    bubble boy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,020

    operations manager?


    vice president?
  6. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,062

    I'll second that title. Sounds both professional and fitting.
  7. AztlanLC

    AztlanLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,045

    Just tell your workers and everybody else that you and her have the same authority in the business, my wife does pretty much all the stuff that you mentioned, she is the one that hand over the checks to my employees that kind of gives her more respect.
  8. Lawn Specialties

    Lawn Specialties LawnSite Member
    Posts: 207

    Technically if your married and not incorperated she is co- owner. At least that's what my wife tells me.
  9. KirbyKLC

    KirbyKLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 31

    If she is your wife :angel: , then you already know that she is the boss! I think Operations Manager would be appropriate. But if you put her on payroll, you're just adding to your expenses with taxes, wc, etc.
  10. Sean Adams

    Sean Adams LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,597

    Executive Administrator

    or, if she's not fond of that.....

    Big Cheese, Chief or....

    change your business from a sole proprietorship to a general partnership and list your wife as co-owner...

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